Undocumented immigrants new ‘hate issue’

All candidates understand that to get elected they must consolidate a political base of like-minded voters. However, politicians of the more Machiavellian persuasion clearly comprehend that it is much easier to get large numbers of people emotionally stirred up and activated behind “hate issues” … than behind issues of compassion. Remember Adolph Hitler? He was the democratically elected politician who successfully consolidated a huge political base made up of ultraconservatives … using “hate issues.” Some things may have changed, but the ground rules for ambitious politicians have not.

In the last election, Republicans skillfully used abortion/gay marriage as “hate issues.” They deftly appealed to and consolidated a huge political base made up of ultraconservatives who were ripe for exploitation. Once again, it worked. While we seem to be hearing less from the Republicans about the abortion/gay marriage issues, what we are hearing more and more about is those awful undocumented Hispanic immigrants (Hoppe, “Immigration Blues,” April 19-26). This is the new Republican “hate issue”!

Once again, the consolidation tactic is to portray as wicked or threatening those who wouldn’t likely vote Republican, anyway. We hear little about all the employers who pay immigrant workers under the table, avoiding payroll taxes. It is not the immigrants who are the true problem; it is those who illegally employ them!

If our elected officials aggressively … really aggressively went after all those employers, a large portion of the so-called illegal immigrant problem would automatically go away. We have the laws, the Republicans just choose not to enforce them; they don’t want to alienate the conservative employers. I believe we citizens should be less concerned about the increasing price of cabbage because employers are forced to do the right thing, and more concerned about hard-working immigrants being demonized simply to again galvanize a Republican base.

David J. York

Indianapolis

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